Customer experience or CX has always been central to building a brand and the business. The increasing prevalence of digital, mobile and ease of information accessibility has altered this landscape. It has influenced how we develop, manage and monitor CX. This landscape shift was significant enough, to spur big agency Saatchi & Saatchi to acquire CX specialist MercerBell, in order to remain relevant in this space.17

In this week’s 5-minute read, we take a brief look at what customer experience is and why the current shifts should matter to you.

What CX is

CX is essentially about the interaction and engagement between customers and a brand throughout the customer journey. It is more than just selling a product or a service. It is about marketing the right experience to the right customer. Good CX is based on shared values between a brand and a customer. To create good CX, businesses must develop a deep understanding of their customers.


CX Customer Experience Matters

CX Customer Experience Matters

Some Definitions of CX

“The sum-total of how customers engage with your company and brand. It is your customer’s perception of your business including all physical, psychological, emotional and sensory touchpoint’s that occur throughout the entire arc of being a customer. This perception drives customer behaviours and customer loyalty, ultimately affecting your company’s bottom line.” 1

“It is about bringing together every touch point to create consistent, thought-out interactions with your brand. It’s becoming more and more important at every level, from small businesses to enterprise brands.” 2

“A Customer Experience (CX) is a Customer’s perception of their rational, physical, emotional, subconscious, and psychological interaction with any part of an organisation. This perception affects Customer behaviours and builds memories, which drive Customer Loyalty and affects the economic value an organisation generates.” 21


The Customer Journey Is Where the Customer Goes

CX is about making the customer happy.

CX is about making the customer happy.

Today’s mobile-empowered customers begin their customer journey at a brand’s website. It is one of the first port of call a customer makes and it sets the tone for the remaining overall customer experience. Another significant touchpoint in the customer journey is where the brand’s social media channels are. Social media recluse Apple recognised this, and recently began to channel resources into tweeting tips and tutorials.14


Measuring CX

Today’s revolutionised customer journey, provides many new opportunities for brands to shape and improve the customer experience. Each touchpoint in the customer journey is where the brand interacts with the customer. To the customer, it is a decision point.To the business, they are opportunities to measure and improve the CX. This is important in order to understand what is keeping, and will continue, to keep customers happy. But before you can improve CX, you need to measure it.

Peter Drucker “What gets measured gets improved” 6


A good clue to use when deciding what is important to measure, is to also decide what matters to the customer. What matters to the customer, matters to the business.3 Each business will have to determine what is important to them – there is no one set of metrics for all.

 CX Metrics to measure – “One man’s ceiling, is another man’s floor”

And before you start measuring it, ensure it is actionable. If you cannot use or action it, there is no point in measuring it.3

CX measurement metrics3

Social media/brand mentions and engagement

Response rates

Customer loyalty

Customer satisfaction

Forecast accuracy


How to Measure CX

To measure if the customer is experiencing the brand at its best, you want to understand customer needs and identify gaps in their experience.9,18  You need data to predict, to outline customer behaviour trends and patterns.9 And this is where a business deploys customer intelligence tools.

Customer intelligence tools19

Big Data

Social Media Analytics

Customer Relations Management Systems

Focus groups

Insight Communities


Five common CX metrics. 22,23,24,25,26

  1. Net Promoter Score (NPS) – Percentage of customers who would promote or detract a brand
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CX-NPS Net Promoter Score | Image Source:


  1. Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) – An average score of a customer’s satisfaction level of an experience
CX-CSAT Customer Satisfaction | Image Source:

CX-CSAT Customer Satisfaction | Image Source:


  1. Customer Effort Score (CES) – Measures a customer’s effort to complete a task
CX-CES Customer Effort | Image Source:

CX-CES Customer Effort | Image Source:


  1. Customer Churn Rate – Percentage of customers who discontinues their subscription to a service in a given time period
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CX-Churn Rate | Image Source:


  1. First response time and average resolution time – Time taken to respond back to the customer and the time taken to fully resolve the customer’s issue
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CX-Average First Response | Image Source:



CX-Average Resolution Time | Image Source:

CX-Average Resolution Time | Image Source:


CX Directions and Trends

  1. CX will continue to become more important than products or service when looking at what impacts customer behaviour. It will define other priorities.16 Companies need to enable and optimise their workforce to keep their customers happy through personalised interactions and experiences10 that will drive overall positive ROI. 9,11,12,24
  1. Centralise your data, to support and simplify the customer experience by becoming easier to do business with through reducing customer effort.9
  1. Combine your data sources to gain holistic views and insights of the customer that will enable data-driven marketing, delivering a better quality of content.9,18
  1. Develop deeper engagement and build more meaningful relationships with your customer by using embedded customer service facilities and permission-based customer intelligence tools as opposed to ad-hoc surveys9,11,20 – for example, Amazon’s Mayday button15
  1. Customer intelligence predictive analysis will need to account for customer emotions which largely dictates customer behaviour.13


Other Related Reading


  1. The Girl Who Knows. 2016. Brilliant CX. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  2. Forge and Smith. 2016. What is Customer Experience? UX Meets CX. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  3. CustomerThink Corporation. 2016 CX Measurement – What do you measure and why? [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  4. CustomerThink Corporation. 2016. The Micro/Macro of Customer Experience. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  5. CustomerThink Corporation. 2016. Key Metrics to Measure for Social Media. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  6. 2016. These 10 Peter Drucker Quotes May Change Your World. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  7. Strategy Institure. 2016. What is Digital CX? [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  8. Thomson Reuters. 2015. Our Customer Experience Focus – On CX Day and Every Other Day. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  9. Vision Critical. 2016. CX expert predictions: 10 trends driving the future of customer experience. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  10. Forrester Research. 2015. 2016: CX Leaders Will Adopt Agile, Insight-Led Innovation to Fuel Customer Obsession. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  11. Forrester Research. 2016. Customer Experience Drives Revenue Growth, 2016. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  12. Watermark Consulting. 2015. The 2015 Customer Experience ROI Study. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  13. Brian Solis. 2015. 26 Disruptive Tech Trends For 2016 – 2018.[ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  14. Vision Critical. 2016. Apple’s latest social media move focuses on customer experience. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  15. 2016. Mayday: Get Help on Your Fire Tablet. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  16. Adobe. 2016. Digital Trends for 2016. [ONLINE] Available at
    [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  17. 2016. When the customer experience is always right. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  18. Vision Critical. 2015. Why customer intelligence needs to be a bigger part of the marketing technology stack. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  19. Vision Critical. 2016. The Enterprise Guide to Customer Intelligence. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  20. Vision Critical. 2015. #NoSpamSurveys: Why ad hoc, unwanted surveys need to go. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  21. Beyond Philosophy. 2016. What is Customer Experience (CX)? [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016].
  22. 2016. Customer experience metrics: a brief guide on how to measure CX. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016]
  23. 2016. Do You Know Your Customer Effort Score? [ONLINE} Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016]
  24. 2016. Implementing These Top Four Strategies Can Improve Customer Experience Management and Visibility Into CX Metrics. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016]
  25. 2016. Churn Rate. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016]
  26. 2012. Customer Experience (CX) Metrics and Key Performance Indicators. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 26 Aug 2016]

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This week we look at traditional marketing and digital marketing. This 5-minute read won’t be the final word, but you will have enough to think about what is best for your business. Traditional or digital?

You’re thinking of marketing your company’s products and services. Like every other company, you feel you need and want a website. You’re also thinking SEO, PPC, Twitter, eDMs, email marketing and social media. How about flyers, brochures, print advertisement in the local papers, 30-second time slot on the local radio or advertising on that billboard you pass by every morning on your way to work? Does any of that still work?


Death Prophecy of Print

Print is dead. Uh-huh.

We were promised, or so, the death of print since the 1990s. It is like the prophecy that never renounces itself or thoroughly crystallises. In Australia, we even began participating in the 2016 Census online.But that should be another story on its own.

In the UK, they are experiencing circulation growth of British current affairs magazines such as The New Statesman, Private Eye and The Spectator.2 The ABC reported half of the news and current affairs magazines they audited, increased their circulations in 2015.3

Figures taken from PressGazette source3,4: &

Figures taken from PressGazette source3,4: &


In India, you will find the largest English-language newspaper circulation. Her newspaper industry grew two-thirds to US$4.37 billion in 2010 from US$2.64 billion in 2005 according to EY.5  KPMG estimates regional Indian newspapers will grow between 12% to 14% for the next few years.Bear in mind, internet access is not prevalent in most areas of India. Radio, TV and newspapers remains the bread-and-butter channels of disseminating information there.5

In Australia, Fairfax Media effected seven rounds of redundancies since 2004. Its most recent in March 2016 impacting 120 journalists.6,7 The company has also closed down two news print sites, newsrooms, foreign bureaus, reported print advertising revenue down 14% in February 2016 and announced a major restructure where they waved “bye” to the editor-in-chief of the Age – Andrew Holden.7,8 Despite all that, in a released statement they still maintained they would continue to publish across print and digital.7

Newspaper print is a die-hard breed despite the rise and rise of digital.


The Future Paved with Print and Digital

Traditional has proven itself

As easy as it is to realise digital marketing is growing at the expense of traditional marketing methods, it is just as straightforward to acknowledge that traditional marketing still works. Certainly, there hasn’t been sufficient evidence to suggest we should write off classic advertising methods mainly because it has proven to work and still does.

We have also been exposed to traditional marketing way longer than digital marketing and it can easily reach a large audience, giving great exposure. That exposure breeds familiarity. Innate qualities within the human judgement and thinking process favours what we are familiar with. 9,10  Simply put, traditional marketing is familiar, trusted and we like it.

Use Digital to do some or more of your talking

The other reality is that the core principles of marketing hasn’t really changed, but the way we communicate has and we have also developed new tools to do that through the emergence of the internet and social media.

Each advertising medium carry their own strengths and weaknesses. It is important to understand each communication channel, so as to choose the most appropriate, to best deliver your message to your audience.


Have the Best of Both Worlds

Finding that balance

Excerpt of Q&A between The Conversation and international marketing expert Philip Kotler sourced from

Excerpt of Q&A between The Conversation and international marketing expert Philip Kotler sourced from


Also, the best of traditional and digital marketing have already amalgamated. For example, we used to only have paper panel billboards. Today we also have digital billboards – alight with LEDs and it’s a smart application of new digital technology.

Traditional and Digital Marketing Applications

Traditional and Digital Marketing Applications


Message, channel, customer

Craft the customer’s journey as to how you want the customer to know your brand, product or service.

  • Disseminate your brand and information through digital billboard, TV and print advertisements – incorporate “call-to-action” prompting the audience to look for more information on your website
  • On your website, continue those leads by building them into your database
  • Follow up those database leads with digital marketing tactics like social media, eDMs to build relationships with those customers

By integrating the best of both traditional and digital marketing, you expose your brand to more audiences, and you also cater to targeted audience demographically. You want to reach the masses and build personal relationships at different points of that customer journey.

Know and understand your customer, know what message you want to send them and choose the most appropriate communication channel.

Reach out to us. Desketing can help you define the customer journey for your business and build that winning marketing strategy.

Other related reading

6 Traditional Advertising Strategies That Still Work

Why Ebooks Are Inspiring A New Age of Print

92 Percent of Students Prefer Print Books, New Study Shows

Paper Beats Digital In Many Ways, According to Neuroscience



  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2016. Census of Population and Housing. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  2. The Guardian. 2016. Current affairs magazine are defying the death of print. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  3. 2016. Current affairs magazine ABCs, 2015: Spectator, New Statesman, Private Eye and Economist all grow in election year. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016]
  4. 2016. Magazine ABCs: Private Eye print sales rise to 30-year-high as Economist reports 1.5m global circulation. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016]
  5. 2016. Print Media Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Moved. [ONLINE]. Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  6. The Conversation. 2016. Journalism isn’t dying – there’s even room for optimism about print. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  7. The Guardian. 2016. Fairfax Media journalists on strike until Monday after 120 jobs axed. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  8. The Guardian. 2016. The Age editor-in-chief Andrew Holden quits as Fairfax Media restructures. [ONLINE] Available at . [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  9. CustomerThink Corporation. 2016. Why Traditional Marketing Hasn’t Died. [ONLINE] Available at . [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].
  10. 2016. Mere-exposure effect. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 12 Aug 2016].


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What is Mobile Marketing?

Mobile marketing in its simplest definition is “marketing on or with a mobile device, such as a smart phone”.1 This week we take a 8-minute glimpse into mobile, its growth, marketing through mobile, and if you should embrace it.

We will also share some tips on how you can get into mobile marketing.

The Mobile Shift

How Many of Us Are Getting Up-and-A-Mobile?

The Australian population by September 2015 recorded at 23,869,00022. Of that, 62.84% or over 15 million Australians owned a smartphone. According to the IAB Australia/Nielsen’s ‘The Mobile Story’, that reads a 38% increase in over 2 years as at quarter ending July 2015, from 11.1 million to 15.3 million.3 This mobile shift is strong and the movement is still growing.

Smartphone trend in Australia Jul 2015

Smartphone and Tablet Ownership Trend in Australia, April 2013 – Jul 2015 | Image Source:

Ways of the Mobile Ones

We also like to use our mobile devices in shorter but more frequent sessions compared to how we use our desktops. To be exact, that is an average of over 4 times more frequent – 199 smartphone sessions compared to 46 desktop sessions per person in a month.3

Smartphone session time per person per month

PC, Smartphone, Tablet Monthly Session – Frequency & Duration | Image Source:

The trend is also that Australians (18 years +) prefer to use their smartphones over tablet devices or desktops to read news and information, spending an average of just under 35 hours per person browsing or using applications per month.3

Time each person spends on digital devices per month

Average Time Spent on Digital Devices | Image Source:

Old Mobile Phones Outnumber Australians

Australians have also taken to mobile handsets in a big way. So much so that the number of old mobile phones now overshadow the number of Australians17,1825.5 million old mobile phones vs 24.1 million Australians (at the time of writing, August 2016).

Australian Population Clock Aug 2016

Australian Population Clock, Aug 2016 | Image Taken Off:


Another reason for the increasing importance of, and shift onto mobile is because Google has developed a preference for mobile-friendly websites. April 21, 2015 ‘Mobilegeddon’ 4, was when Google implemented some tweaks to its search engine algorithm. Reports from Stone Temple Consulting5 and Adobe Systems6 showed that non-mobile-friendly websites suffered from those tweaks.7

Stone Temple Consulting studied 50,000 websites for one month after the changes took effect and found5

  • 46% of those sites that weren’t mobile-friendly fell in Google search rankings
  • 30% of those sites that were mobile-friendly gained in rankings

Adobe Systems studied over 5,000 sites and reported traffic to non-mobile-friendly sites from Google mobile searches fell 12% in the two months after April 21 as opposed to mobile-friendly sites.6

Why Mobile Marketing?

It is clear Australians are increasingly moving towards the mobile platform and doing more on their smartphones.  What this also represents, is a new medium that can facilitate engaging ways of connecting with your audience.

Getting personal and up-close

Reaching out to your audience through their smartphones means the customer journey happens through their personal device. Literally, a brand gets closer to a user through a smartphone, as opposed to, through their computer monitors.8,9 That is a more personal engagement with the user and its psychological experience is distinct on its own.8,10


The efficacy of using this mobile medium is improved by how attached users are to their smartphones. It is also a mobile device that users have with them most of the time.10 The consistent pattern of frequent usage speaks largely for itself. We now integrate use of smartphones broadly and in-depth into our everyday living seamlessly. Google expresses this very aptly as micro-moments.10

  “At Google, we call these micro-moments.
They’re the moments when we turn to a device—often a smartphone—to take action on whatever we need or want right now. These I-want-to-know, I-want-to-go, I-want-to-buy, and I-want-to-do moments are loaded with intent, context, and immediacy.”

Reaching out for that smartphone

We consult our mobile smartphone in most decisions and it is also one of the first things we do in the morning like checking emails and weather forecasts.8,9,10 Google’s research quantifies high percentages of users tuning into their smartphones when making decisions.

 Scenarios and percentage of users reaching for their smartphones10

  • 68% check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up in the mornings
  • 87% always have their smartphones with them
  • 82% look into purchases they are about to make in a store
  • 91% search for ideas when performing tasks
  • 66% search about what they saw in a TV commercial
  • 71% used a store locator to find a store location

68% smartphone users check their phones in the morning

87% smartphone users have their phone with them day and night

82% smartphone users consult their phones about about a purchase they are about to make in store


91% smartphone users turn to their phones for ideas when doing a task


66% smartphone users search about a TV Commercial


71% smartphone users used a store locator to find a store

Google MicroMoments References

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How to ‘Mobile-Marketing’

Based on current trends, mobile marketing is more than the newest shiny thing. It is the new way forward. It gives rise to new and more direct ways to connect with your audience and here are some tips to engage audiences on mobile.

Assess your mobile-marketing needs, readiness state and strategy

  • Determine your objectives and what you want to achieve from mobile11
  • Identify key results you want to achieve from mobile marketing campaigns11
  • Adopt a customer journey strategy as part of your overall business strategy11,13,16

Get a mobile-friendly version of your website

  • Responsive design is key, regardless of device or platform8,11,12
  • Implement a simple mobile-friendly site – easy to navigate about and task-driven.8,11,15
  • Ensure your mobile site is built to manage changing mobile technologies11

Your mobile site must stand on its own, not as an extension of your desktop site.

  • Design your mobile campaign from ground up optimised for mobile11
  • Take full advantage of the mobile medium to interact with the user8,11,15
    • Take/track/share pictures and locations, augment reality, listen to music, watch television
  • Engage with users via mobile-friendly calls to actions 11
    • ‘Download Now’, ‘Tap to Explore’, Apple Store icon, Google Play icon

Mobile Ads on Social Media

  • Instagram, Twitter, Facebook facilitate mobile-device focused ads that targets by device.8,12,14
  • Geo-target your audience to increase conversions by area or distance radius.12

Mobile Ads with Google Adwords

  • There are different types of Google’s Mobile pay-per-click ads which appear differently compared to desktop.
    • For example, create Call-Only ads with Adwords for devices that can make calls.12

Text Message Campaigns

  • Use SMS marketing to offer something of value to your target audience that is worthy of the interruption it will cause
    • For example, include links to new content, a landing page or exclusive offers.11,12,14

Mobile-Friendly Emails

  • Incorporate responsive email design layouts for your email campaigns on mobile and desktop
    • For example, links and phone numbers to be clickable, leading to an interaction beyond the email.12 You want to capture their attention in the email and continue to engage with them beyond that email.

Simply, you need to create an excellent user experience for audiences with mobile behaviour, searching for information on-the-fly. To draw you a picture of the opportunities that potentially exists – if each user experienced, say, a hundred mobile micro-moments a day, that means 15 million Australians represent, one billion five hundred million opportunities to engage with them every day.


Find out how Desketing can help boost your mobile marketing campaigns.



  1. Karjaluoto Heikki and Leppäniemi Matti, “Factors influencing consumers’ willingness to accept mobile advertising: a conceptual model”, Int. J Mobile Communications, Vol 3, No. 3, 2005, p. 198.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2016. 0 – Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: . [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  3. IAB Australia and Nielsen. 2015. The Mobile Story, Nielsen Mobile Ratings. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  4. 2016. Mobilegeddon. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  5. Stone Temple Consulting Corporation. 2016. Mobilegeddon: Nearly 50% of Non-Mobile Friendly URLs Dropped in Rank. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016]
  6. Adobe Systems. 2015. Digital Advertising Report, Adobe Digital Index | Q2 2015. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed at 5 Aug 2016].
  7. The Wall Street Journal. 2015. Google’s ‘Mobilegeddon’ Was a Big Deal, After All. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  8. 2016. Top 7 Reasons You Should Make Mobile Marketing a Priority. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  9. Microsoft, MSN. 2016. 3 Reasons Mobile Marketing Is a Must for Your Small Business. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  10. 2015. Micro-Moments: Your Guide to Winning the Shift to Mobile”. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  11. 2013. 10 Mobile Marketing Tips for Small Businesses. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  12. 2016. Essential Mobile Marketing Tips For Small Businesses. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  13. com. 2016. 2016 State of Marketing Research Report. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  14. 2016. 6 mobile marketing techniques you should know about. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  15. Social Media Examiner. 2016. How to Optimize Your Mobile Social Media Ads. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  16. Mashable Australia. 2015. 4 ways marketers can seize ‘mobile moments’. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016]
  17. MobileMunster, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association. 2016. 5 million mobile phones cluttering Australian homes. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016]
  18. SBS News. 2015. Australia has more phones than people. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016].
  19. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2016. Population Clock. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016]
  20. 2016. Australia has more dead mobile phones than people. [ONLINE] Available at [Accessed 5 Aug 2016]

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